Eugene de Kock seeks forgiveness

2012-01-24 08:48

Johannesburg - Apartheid police hit squad leader Eugene de Kock wants forgiveness from the family of ANC lawyer Bheki Mlangeni, whom he killed with a bomb in 1991, according to The Star newspaper on Tuesday.

"Your forgiveness will mean a lot to me, but it can in no way wash away the pain I have caused," De Kock wrote in a letter.

"If you ever feel it will help you to deal with your pain and sorrow, feel free to visit me," he wrote.

The letter comes after Mlangeni's mother Catherine Mlangeni was quoted in another report by the same publication saying De Kock must rot in jail.


The 80-year-old woman said he must not be granted parole because he had never shown remorse and never approached the family for forgiveness.

When told about De Kock's wish to meet her, Mlangeni said: "Why does he want to apologise for now after such a long time.... I am not so sure if he is genuine... What was he waiting for all this time?"

Mlangeni's widow, Seipati, said forgiveness was immaterial.

"And whether the government releases him or not, it will never bring back my husband."

De Kock, in terms of a recent court ruling, may apply for parole after 13 years and four months in prison.

Correctional Services, however, confirmed that De-Kock's December parole hearing was postponed indefinitely.

  • Joumaseperd - 2012-01-24 08:56

    de Kock should go the cowards route and feign illness. It works for ANC cadres...but I suspect he has too much pride.

      kevin.moreland2 - 2012-01-24 09:16

      yeah it wont work...he is white...still i terrible thing to do...

      thinga - 2012-01-24 10:08

      besides, he caused a lot of emotional pain, while the ANC cadres are famous for bribery and misusing all our tax money, their mission is not to kill.

      Mattewis - 2012-01-24 12:51

      You needn't worry about de Kock! The ANC are in need of his services (together with his mates they've already employed), and they're probably in the process of facilitating his release for reinstatement in their "special task forces"! The DA & right wing political parties had better start investing in sniffer dogs for checking their mail! @Thinga, the warm bonnet of that Audi you've "arrived in", is heating your brain, so don't sit on it!

      Hotkop - 2012-01-24 13:10

      Thinga, idiot, don't you think loosing money and being broke causes emotional pain?

      Jan - 2012-01-24 15:22

      Nop, he must rot in jail for ever.

      sindiso.ngqameni.1 - 2012-10-22 22:13

      shame poor eugie but im afraid u know that youll rot in jail.oh shame i feel pity for you

  • eugene.bridgens - 2012-01-24 09:00

    What a waste of talent.......

  • TenRas1 - 2012-01-24 09:05

    keep him in the cell...he belongs there

      Alfred - 2012-01-24 09:43

      Maybe he does, I don't know. But imagine if we'd said the same thing about the beloved saint, Mandela, who committed exactly the same crime as de Kock did?

      Anthony - 2012-01-24 09:52

      Reading these comment sites, there is still such unbelievable racial tension in this country, which does not bode well for all our futures!! This man has spend many years in prison, and I doubt he will ever again be a threat to society If it will help reconcile the races in this country, than LET HIM GO !!!!

      TenRas1 - 2012-01-24 09:53

      how can u compare Mandela and de kock? stupid question

      TenRas1 - 2012-01-24 10:10

      if u comparing him with mandela then lets all agree to release him after 27years

      Peter - 2012-01-24 12:38

      Alfred, Mandela committed exactly the same crime as de Kock? Really? You're weird man ... then again a lot of opinions are just plain weird, anything to "defend" your race, no matter how heinous.

      Alfred - 2012-01-24 16:16

      You guys ever heard of the Church Street bombing or did you think that Mandela spent 27 years in prison for singing Kumbaya out of tune? Peter, what's weird is how the blinding light of Mandela's halo makes you completely oblivious to his equally heinous crimes. They are both guilty of taking innocent lives, how is one different from the other? I'm not defending anyone and I didn't bring race into it, if either Mandela or de Kock killed one of my family members I wouldn't forgive either one of them.

  • Thokozane - 2012-01-24 09:06

    "And whether the government releases him or not, it will never bring back my husband." She is right about that. Apartheid left many wounds to both the perpetrator and the victim. Not forgiving only burdens the victim, but then again I'm not in her shoes.

      davidnews24 - 2012-01-24 09:35

      I agree with you and i agree with the Mlangeni's widow - it is immaterial - it wont bring the man back. Unfortunately "the hating" on both sides does not move us forward either.

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-24 11:24

      SAntapola: If all killers of farmers and innocent citizens in this country must 'rot in jail because they have killed our people' there will not be place in jail for all. hat about all the swines that killed 'our' people on a daily basis? And then: This de Kock guy was the head of police at the time and chances that he IN PERSON planted the bomb is basically zero... so where does one draw the line? Our law system is sic. period. Racism is just a term....and yet it prevails one hundred percent when it comes to the crimes of the wrong colour people....

  • KReddy - 2012-01-24 09:11

    I can understand where he is coming from from a "truth and reconciliation" point of view then maybe he can be forgiven, but that's up to the family. What I fail to understand is that these people "where foloowing orders" from the Apartheid government. What happened to personal morals and compassion for other human beings? I for one cannot just do whatever my boss tells me, I rather resign than go against what I believe in. Saying that, did de Kock find personal glory and fulfillment in killing activists? Was Apartheid and faux white superiority so ingrained that he did not see the rerpurcussions of his actions and did that promotion up the ranks by following such savage "orders"do him any good? Any bad action whether or not protected by the laws of the time YOU as the individual have to make amends with yourself and your God

      JCV.Landman - 2012-01-24 09:24

      @KReddy: I think the power of propaganda must not be underestimated. During the apartheid-era, the picture was painted that the ANC was the enemy. The ANC and its members were thought of a terrorists. The same is true for today...the picture is painted that all things done during apartheid were bad. That is not case at all....but that is a discussion for another day. The fact is that guys like De Kock acted on info presented to him. If the info had been different, the action would have been different. Why would you appose your boss if the info acted on was clear and believed to be true?

      Joumaseperd - 2012-01-24 09:31

      You should look out of both eyes. If we were living in a just moral society I would have agreed with you. Take a look around at what goes on today and ask yourself if South Africa is an example to other nations. Two of the 'St James church massacre' perpetrators committed crimes, after being given presidential pardons by Mbeki. Robert McBride turned out to be nothing more than a thug in uniform. Like the ANC and PAC foot soldiers that commit horrendous political crimes, get caught and then released on a whim, Clive Derby-Lewis and Eugene de Kock rightly deserve the same privilege. There needs to be an inquiry to determine who is putting a spoke in the wheel for the release of these two men. Something smacks of a fishy ANC cover-up here.

      Moss - 2012-01-24 10:56

      JCV, the guy was a lawyer for God's sake. why would you kill someone who is not even taking arms but only defending his clients in the courts of justice? There is only 1 answer to that, they wanted to silence and keep the truth away. Stop defending the undefendable based on race!!

      Silvana - 2012-01-24 11:03

      @KReddy. I read his biography many years ago and it seems he had issues with his father and was trying to prove that he was good at something to him. At the end of the book the author commented that sadly De Kock was following his "handlers" orders, but that he (De Kock) thought that he made a huge contribution to the country. Really brainwashed. A relative of mine, who was quite senior at the time said that De Kock was a psychopath. He said " you don't want to look at him during meetings because you could be next on his hit list."

  • Phumi - 2012-01-24 09:12

    Eugene de Kock was more than just a foot soldier for the powers that be but he took the law onto his own hands to kill innocent black people. He knew exactly what he was doing and should never see the light of day. The day he ask for forgiveness to the entire black community at large and not based on narrow selfish interests then we might consider apologising on his behalf to the widow!

      ernst.f.dewaal - 2012-01-24 09:24

      Phumi and blacks are killing innocent white farmers, theres no justice for any of us. think before you post such comments

      Lionel - 2012-01-24 09:31

      I have no problem with forgiveness - it's a plus for the person who is capable of such humanity - but he must pay the price according to law - it's a pity there is no death penalty...we do not need guys like this back into society - ever.

      Phumi - 2012-01-24 09:41

      Nicknamed "prime evil", Eugene de Kock was sentenced to 212 years in jail for his part in crimes against humanity.In a local radio interview in July 2007, De Kock claimed that former president FW de Klerk had hands "soaked in blood" and had ordered political killings and other crimes during the anti-apartheid conflict. This was in response to De Klerk's recent statements that he had a "clear conscience" regarding his time in office. Till the day we know exactly what happened and people come out to apologise honestly will be the day we forgive the likes of De Kock and the Clive Derby Lewis of this world! All we want as Africans in general and blacks in particular is for white people to acknowlage apartheid was wrong and humble themselves and apologise to our people!

      Simon Nape - 2012-01-24 10:09

      @Ernest the killings on white famers not all of them are racial influenced! But then again one can say violence is the only language that white people understand, 4 instance it was never the ANC, PAC, etc intention to take arms. Most famers are sitting on land which was inherited from apartheid regime and the government has offered them to return the land to the rightfull owners, a process which has not been a success. The same process was applied in Zimbabwe until when Magabe used force.

      Erich - 2012-01-24 10:41

      Why should de Kock be treated differently from Robert McBride who was pardoned in record time and did less to ask for forgiveness.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-01-24 09:18

    Sorry but justice was served. Let him be where he is.

  • silaschidi - 2012-01-24 09:24

    Humble as he is now, i still think he is still highly experienced and dangerous

      Joumaseperd - 2012-01-24 09:55

      Without government financial and logistical backing how dangerous could he be? The NP is no more or haven't you heard. This man just wants what others have already been afforded, and that is a presidential pardon and to get on with his life.

  • Mike - 2012-01-24 09:24

    You all talk utter nonsense. there are people who have done worse. Because he is white. know one knows why and what he did. He knows and it is about time this evil blame is put to rest. both sides were guilty

      Jan - 2012-01-24 15:35

      He must rot in jail... You are talking like that bcos its not your sibling or brother or father who was killed.

  • Lionel - 2012-01-24 09:29

    Call me cynical, the psychokiller's angling for parole. He must stay in the tronk.

  • Stefan - 2012-01-24 09:35

    He did the crime, and he has paid for it by doing the time. Let him go. There are much more serious criminals outside that should be inside.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-24 13:14

      Yes Thabo you idiot. White farmers are now the cheap lives.

      Phumzani Tshabalala - 2014-06-10 22:38

      He was sentenced to 212 years in prison and he has only served case you haven't heard Sir! let him do his time and when he has served his 212...he will be is not his right to be is his right to apply...and it is Sbu Ndebele's right to reject his application! he has only done 8% of his time...let him do at least that too much to ask??

  • TenRas1 - 2012-01-24 09:50

    Instead of wasting our time on news24, how abt we start fundraising money to build a massive Jail with a massive graveyard? A jail where F-up SA human rights doesn't play a role,one meal a day, no parole,guns and poison allowed......with a rule that states "From jail u go straight to the graveyard"

  • vincent.v.sambo - 2012-01-24 09:59

    I fully agree with Ms Catherine Mlangeni, Mr De Kock should not be considered for parole. He brutally murdered my dad, Johannes Sweet Sambo and he never apologised to the family. He is inhuman and let him rot in jail. Vincent Sambo

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-24 10:21

      Mavinny Sorry for your loss mfanagithi. I also want to urge you to let go of grudges and bitterness as they are toxic , forgiveness has its own positive health effects . Hold on and cling to that which makes you happy ,a grudge does not fit this category. sharp sharp

  • modumo - 2012-01-24 10:03

    At the end of the day, he is a killer and should be treated as such, he must stay in jail, these guys and there bosses killed many a people during apartheid, imagine the families of the victims, imagine the hurt and anger that would arise if he were to be released. We are tro young of a so called democracy for us to be giving apartheid killers parole. Some may argue that crime is worse now etc etc but these guys targeted certain people, planned and executed the individuals for an ideal which was flawed from the beginning. The killings and crime now is not acceptable but releasing this animal is also unacceptable. Why did he not ask for forgiveness before? This is just a underhanded tactic to get out. de Kock you do the crime you do the time and its not ur time to be free.

  • Molefi Bosso Mokalanyane - 2012-01-24 10:03

    I feel sori 4 Mnr De Kock n i knw that the poor guy has learnt a lesson, so he shud be let out n all the white racist morons on this site n murderers shud be locked up, n farm attack wont stop until ppl lyk u change their attitudes towards their fellow Africans(black or white)

      ernst.f.dewaal - 2012-01-24 10:33

      Molefi i wish everyone in south africa had your notion of thinking, there would have been such a nicer place to live in

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-24 10:04

    The ANC double standard once again raises its racist head, killing struggle figures is apparently bad while killing teenagers, woman and children is of course acceptable.

      Moss - 2012-01-24 11:07

      Respect our flag and relocate!!!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-01-24 10:09

    Until we all learn to forgive one another for any past attrocities , we shall forever remain an emotionally wounded society.Forgiveness is curative to both the giver and receiver , we cannot forever draw solace from continued incarceration of the likes of De Kock . . .we need to start selfsoothing ourselves and forgiveness is one way of achieving that .

      Simon Nape - 2012-01-24 10:34

      @Mgayi the problem is how do you forgive someone who has no remorse, with no intention to repent? Even when we celebrate our young democracy, you will always almost never find white people in the same spirit but they stay behind the locked doors on facebook & tweet or News24 writting so many racist comments. So @Mgayi you tell us how we can change their attitude? We are still victims of apartheid even today, hence the poor Mlangeni's widow says nothing will heal the pain that apartheid inflicted on her. In our work environments, we see it everyday how blacks are being treated, in our economic structures/groups, political groups, etc we remain devided...

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-24 10:44

      @Simon Mfo ,remorse is not a prerequisite for forgiveness for forgiveness comes from within .As for those who stay behind closed doors and facebook profiles and continue writing racist comments , forgive them for they know not what they do ( Luke 23:34) . I am afraid I cannot tell you how to change people's attitudes , but I can tell you to try a little forgiveness . . .works for me

      Simon Nape - 2012-01-24 11:02

      @Mgayi I know its possible, but it is humanly difficult to ignore things which affect you directly. Even God offers forgiveness unconditionally but expects us to change & turn away from our sins including the sins of our ancestors.

      Jacqui - 2012-01-24 11:24

      Mgayi, spot on. Thank you.

  • march54 - 2012-01-24 10:12

    He must and should stay were he is. He was a medical practitioner who used his knowledge to inflict unbearable pain and suffering on ALL people of South Africa.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-24 10:24

      You must be thinking of Dr Basson

      Andre - 2012-01-24 10:54

      You are an idiot.

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-01-24 15:24


      Henk Ferreira - 2012-01-24 22:18

      Ha ha!!

  • Mzwakhe Mnguni - 2012-01-24 10:25

    Serial killers don't change

      Jacqui - 2012-01-24 11:30

      Mzwakhe, neither do fools.

      Mzwakhe Mnguni - 2012-01-24 11:43

      @Jacqui.racists dnt change as well

      Jacqui - 2012-01-24 11:48

      I don't know about racists, I must admit they seem really hard headed. Racism has always sounded like hard work to me.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-24 10:52

    Whenever i hear the name eugene my body shivers...i think forgiveness should come as compensation to the victims from this monsters that doesnt have respect for human dignity.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-24 11:10


      Hotkop - 2012-01-24 13:20

      When I hear "Azania" my magazine rattles.

  • Mpho - 2012-01-24 11:24

    Cold-blooded killer ,white or black - "Go to jail" n stay there .

      ernst.f.dewaal - 2012-01-24 11:25


  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-24 13:50

    You may well ask for forgiveness and it may or may not be given, but that is irrelevant since the fact of the matter is that you did the crime and you must pay the consequences. I do however question the other side of the coin. Are there any anti-apartheid activists who did similar things who got off jail sentences early because, as we all know, 'history is written by the victor'?

  • beth.d.griesel - 2012-07-24 18:01

    What about De Kock's commanders, the people who gave him orders? De Kock was only colonel in the police, surely he had brigadiers and generals to whom he had to report? Where are those cowards who made De Kock the black sheep and only culprit?

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